Material-flowKenBay is a company committed to proper waste management and to reducing disposable waste whenever possible. We encourage other organizations to do the same. One great way you can work towards a goal of zero waste is through examining your Material Flow. A Material Flow is like a map that shows the journey that materials make from the time that the materials enter the manufacturing facility to where they eventually end up. Some view it as an “essential” component to handling waste properly.  You have more control over not only what is coming out of your plant, but also what you might bring in. Overall, evaluating your material flow is a great way to waste less and mine the most value out of your materials. Here are 4 ways examining your Material Flow can improve your overall efficiency.

Ensure That No Material is Accidentally Wasted.

The biggest benefit of material flow is that you can see exactly what is happening to all the materials you are using. This will help reduce unnecessary waste for your plant. If you discover that certain materials are being unnecessarily discarded, you can implement steps to prevent that. Likewise, you can help keep the necessary materials going right where they need to go. In that same vein . . .

Discover New Ways to Incorporate Otherwise Discarded Materials.

What this means is that examining your material flow allows you the opportunity to get creative with your recycling. As they say, “necessity is the mother of invention”! If you discover that you have excess waste of a certain material, perhaps there is a way to incorporate it into your processes. If you are using the resources you already have instead of having to purchase more, that’s improving efficiency.

A Material Flow Helps You to Re-Examine Resource Requirements.

A big hurdle for healthy efficiency is energy expenditure. Wasted energy is an incredible burden both on labor and finances. Examining your material flow can assist you in determining where cuts in energy expenditure can be made. Does the cooling or heating system need to be operating during certain seasons? Could there be a switch to a more energy efficient source of power, such as LED bulbs? Water management too is a big bonus here. If you find you can cut back on water usage in certain areas, do it! Water is a natural resource that should rightly be preserved and conserved when you can.  

Develop a Strategy, Get Everyone Onboard

A big step for efficient processing is making sure everyone on your team understands what the goal is. There is no point in trying to save time and money if nobody in your program understands what to do. Using Material Flow provides a graphic visual representation that is easier for some people to understand. For many, a visual representation of the data helps in learning and understanding it.

If you are committed to zero waste for your facility, KenBay is a great resource for improving your waste management. We offer portable, efficient compactors that can be used right at the source of the waste, saving your workers time and reducing potential hazards. If you would like to know more, visit KenBay’s website, where you can take advantage of our offer to try it before you buy it.  And remember: whether it’s through the right compactors or through your Material Flow, stay on top of what you are putting out into the world.